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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (12 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808055
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With more than 20 years of experience in storyboarding, production designing, producing, directing, animating, a defintive book, and multiple lectures, Mark is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading storyboard artists and scholars." - Bauhaus Software

"Simon aims to help artists develop and improve their skills, collaborate with directors, build their resumes and portfolios and market their work. Let's not forget Simon's efforts to inform artists of the latest industry knowledge, and help them create and improve their storyboards with computers." - Bauhaus Software

The new edition of Mark Simon's Storyboards, Motion in Art is a pretty comprehensive book. Not just about animation storyboarding, it also covers live action, gaming, theme-Park boards, laser show boards and advertising storyboards, he has written 64 chapters, appendices, a preface, an intro and actually starts the book with two pages of acknowledgements that include not only names and addresses, but websites and emails too. This author does his research! This entire book is just as compreshensive and reads somewhat like a textbook with a sense of humor. Exercises are grouped at the end of the book rather than with each chapter. Everything is illustrated very well, in both B&W and color. At the end are some wonderful interviews.- Libby Reed, Animation World Magazine, April 2007

About the Author

Mark Simon founded and owns A&S Animation, Inc., an award-winning cel animation house in Florida and Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., the largest storyboard house in the southern United States, which has provided work on over 1,200 productions. Mark's accomplishments range from being the owner of an award-winning advertising firm, to a syndicated cartoonist, production designer of film, TV, and animations and writing entertainment industry books and lecturing. Having won over 30 animation awards for his efforts, Mark has directed TIMMY'S LESSONS IN NATURE, MY WIFE IS PREGNANT, A MESSAGE FROM GOD, and SUBURBAN CINDERELLA, numerous commercials, training videos and television series special effects. Mark also teaches at the DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects) located at Universal Studios Orlando. A&S Animation develops and produces animation for commercials, TV, training videos and the web. The A&S team has produced award-winning shorts and commercials, shows for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and designed sets and special effects on live-action feature films. Prior to its release, A&S has participated in the development of DigiCel Flipbook Pro, the fastest growing digital ink & paint software in the industry. Mark's animation and storyboarding articles have appeared in various industry magazines and he's the author of STORYBOARDS: MOTION IN ART, 2nd Edition, published by Focal Press. Visit the authors website at

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I was impressed by the amount of information they were able to cram into this book.This book has an overwhelming amount of examples(most of which are full color) of storyboard panels, useable forms, and reference. The recource section is invaluable to anyone in the field. It covers literally every aspect that I had a question about. I highly recommend this book! Very helpful!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Storyboards:Motion in Art 27 Mar 2001
By Steve Lawton - Published on
Format: Paperback
... I'm an illustrator myself with 23 years of storyboarding experience. This book is an excellent tool for both the novice and the seasoned, old grizzled vet like me. For the novice it explains the process, offers guides to how to approach a board, what's important, staging, mood, the different types of boards markets, billing, promotion... the whole gammut. For the vets, it jogs our memory. We tend to fall into patterns of how we do things and it gets comfortable and perhaps a bit common place... or even sloppy. The book reminded me that there's more than one right way or any single solution and maybe the 1st and easiest way isn't the best. There are some great samples of different styles of boards from different artists and a good focus on thinking before drawing. It's a good, usefull addition to my ever expanding library and anyone in the field or wanting to be in the field should consider getting a copy. Make sure it's the 2nd edition... a far more extensive and complete book than the earlier edition. (I now have both)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful recource! 10 Nov 2006
By the_big_cuban - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was impressed by the amount of information they were able to cram into this book. I don't think that there was one aspect of storyboarding that was left out. It covers the techniques, tools, and methods artistically as well as how to approach it from a business stand point. This book has an overwhelming amount of examples(most of which are full color) of storyboard panels, useable forms, and reference. The recource section is invaluable to anyone in the field. It covers literally every aspect that I had a question about. I highly recommend this book!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good explanation of the bigger picture 2 July 2001
By dan antkowiak - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book addresses several subjects that are all relevant to individuals who want to make a living from, or involving, storyboards. It is fully illustrated by a variety of artists, a feature that is important for up-and-coming artists to have exposure to. There are many diverse styles of illustration out there, but successful storyboard artists all share an awareness of certain principles of filmmaking, that this book also covers. By virtue of its many explanations and illustrations, it presents a broad and clear description of the business of storyboarding. People who want to pursue this field need to know that being able to draw is not the exclusive interest of a production artist, but also cinematic conventions and marketing of their product. I recommend this book to my students who express interest in the field, and for further exploration of specific concentrations I suggest "Directing: Shot by Shot" by Katz, and "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" by Stan Lee.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awesome informative book 26 Nov 2012
By Melissa Archer - Published on
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This is a textbook I'm reading for my storyboarding class, and it has all the information a storyboard artist would ever need. Easy to follow, lots of examples, good exercises.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must Buy for Any Storyboard Artist/Illustrator 24 April 2012
By Ben - Published on
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I've purchased many books on storyboards and sequential illustration, but nothing has provided the context and the intangible experiences like Mark Simon has in this book. I'm currently 1/2 through the book and have already eclipsed everything I knew about the profession. This book gives you the ins and outs of the job. It has everything from the basics/mechanics of storyboards to preparing your resume and portfolio to what to expect working with different companies. Everything. If you purchase any book on storyboarding, it NEEDS to be this one. I am much more confident starting my career now that I have a better understanding of what's expected from me, and what I can expect from others. You won't regret this purchase, even if you think you know everything there is to know about storyboards, the examples and real life situations Mark Simon presents shed so much light on what it is to be a storyboard artist, you'll feel like a seasoned veteran by the time you're done. He's the best in the biz, and this is the Holy Grail of storyboard books!!
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